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Nancy Drew 62: The Kachina Doll Mystery Hardcover – April 21, 2005
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I read this one as an adult and it wasn't quite as I remembered from youth. In those days the stories were exciting and played my imagination, probably molding my curious and investigative character. Still, for young girls, this classic set of books is RECOMMENDED.
What I did not learn until just recently, is that authors of the series used Carolyn Keene's name for all later books. Not that that matters. I did not compare earlier stories with later stories, but usually a reader can detect subtle differences in writing styles.
RECOMMEND book and seller.
This book (and the several previous to it) are very different from the previous books.
Nancy is different. Suddenly, she can't drive her car anymore if there's a man around. The man drives it. It used to be that Ned Nickerson dated only her but Ned was merely her "favorite" escort. Now they're exclusive.
In all previous books, there was nothing of the supernatural. Characters would stage spooky events to try to scare people, but there were no "real" spooks. Now supernatural things are treated as real. "Real" kachina ghosts help Nancy solve the mystery. Terrible, and such a bad influence for young girls, to help them believe that the unreal is real. Obviously not suited for any parents who want to shield their kids from influences that conflict with their religions, unless their religions include kachine ghosts, I guess. I thought "deus ex machina" endings went out 2000 years ago, but whoever wrote this mess revived that technique (of having a god come in at the end and solve everything) just to insure this book sucked as much as possible. It worked.
Poorly edited, I found one or two grammar errors. The subjunctive was misused and there is the usual grammar error where the first person singular objective pronoun is always placed in the wrong order, but that is consistent within the series. [I.e. "They took a picture of her and me" instead of, as it should be, "me and her." Yeah, contrary to popular belief, that's wrong.]
In the Nancy Drew series, when Nancy thinks to herself, her thoughts are in quotation marks. This book departed from that convention, and did so in a manner that was clumsy and confusing.
It is sometimes hard to follow the story. Nancy will be in a car, then in the next sentence she'll be in a house with no section break to warn us about the change of scene. In all previous Nancy Drew books, scene changes are clearly described.
Oh, and the book was boring.
Other than that, it was great!
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